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2017 Speakers & Chairs

The NHS R&D Forum are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting sessions at the 2017 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference in Manchester on the 15th & 16th May 2017.

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Trudi Simmons

Job Title: Head of Research Finance
Organisation: Science, Research and Evidence Directorate


Trudi read economics at Leeds University.  On graduating, she joined the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant.  She worked on two major health value for money studies whilst at the NAO before moving to a financial institution in the private sector.  Trudi returned to the health sector in 1993 joining North East Thames Regional Health Authority as its allocations manager.  She has held a variety of health finance posts in the intervening years including Deputy Director of Finance at a London Health Authority, Finance Performance Manager at London Regional Office and Advisor to the Foundation Trust Policy Unit within the Department of Health (DH) leading on Payment by Results and its impact Foundation Trusts.

Trudi joined the Research Directorate (now called the Science, Research and Evidence Directorate) of DH in 2005.  Currently the Head of Research Finance, she manages the DH’s £1bn+ research budget as well as leading on DH policy relating to the costs of research.

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